Title: Sing Me To Sleep
Author: Angela Morrison
Beth has always been 'The Beast' - that's what everyone at school calls her because of her awkward height, facial scars, and thick glasses. Beth's only friend is geeky, golden-haired Scott. That is, until she's selected to be her choir's soprano soloist, and receives the makeover that will change her life forever. When Beth's choir travels to Switzerland, she meets Derek: pale, brooding, totally dreamy. Derek's untethered passion - for music, and for Beth - leaves her breathless. Because in Derek's eyes? She's not The Beast, she's The Beauty. When Beth comes home, Scott, her best friend in the world, makes a confession that leaves her completely torn. Should she stand by sweet, steady Scott or follow the dangerous, intense new feelings she has for Derek? The closer Beth gets to Derek, the further away he seems. Then Beth discovers that Derek's been hiding a dark secret from her .one that could shatter everything.
This heartbreaking, mysterious, even heartwarming, lovable book has me in it's reins. I didn't think that I'd like it, but I figured out, in the end, I love it. I feel I can't give it a review great enough for it because it's that good. I hope I didn't give you any spoilers because I wasn't allowed to. Here's teh review all:
Beth has as always been known as "The Beast." Even her father, who left, thought she was ugly. Getting teased and bothered at school, she's imprinted in her mind she will always be ugly. No matter what. Her choir girls gave her a makeover, yet she still thinks she's ugly. At first, I thought she was whiny. Always complaining about still being ugly. I'll be honest. But in the end I notice it added to the story I just couldn't find the reason. Scott was the person who stuck with Beth through it all, I liked his spunk. He was funny and caring all tied into one. He made me laugh quite a few times. Best for last, Derek. He's your mysterious, secretive guy. I fell in love with his character. Although I found he fell in love with Beth all to quickly, just for her voice. I still liked the guy, he was sweet, yet modest. Can guys be modest? But all of the characters added to the novel itself, I say this all the time, but it's quite true in this novel.
The theme behind this book is beautiful. Severely beautiful. It's that moral you always here over and over, Don't Judge A Book By Its Cover, and Morrison raised it to a whole new level. The writing was just fantastic, ever so often in the book you'll get lyrics that she writes. I feel that gave the book that certain oomph. Because of the writing, I found myself either swooning or laughing or grimacing and even crying. I'm completely honest with that last part.
Overall, if you're looking for a sweet but heartbreaking book, this is the way to go. It's more than what the description tells you. It's so much more. This book comes out March 2010, and when it does I recommend you read it!